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Arrest, Detention Of Okupe Plot To Silence Him – Lawyer

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Counsel to the former Presidential Spokesperson, Dr Doyin Okupe, Barr. Tolu Babaleye, has condemned the continued detention of former presidential aide, Dr Doyin Okupe, noting that the action was aimed at silencing him for being critical of the All Progressives Congress (APC) -led federal government.

Babaleye, in a statement issued in Abuja noted that: “From all indications, Okupe’s detention and the circumstances surrounding his detention is a pointer that it has political undertone as the procedure adopted in detaining him is unconstitutional and unknown to our Law.”

He further stated that Okupe had informed him that his latest ordeal in the hands of the anti-graft agency is not unconnected with the evidence he gave in support of Chief Olisa Metuh, former Publicity Secretary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP and his turning down of several overtures to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Babaleye said Okupe’s matter with the EFCC got worse when he was appointed as Special Adviser, (Media) to the Director General of Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Bukola Saraki, and started issuing statements that are critical of the ruling APC especially his recent Tweets calling for the change of the Service Chiefs.

He however, called for the immediate release of Okupe “on the basis of his existing administrative bail pending his arraignment in Court to face his Charge which he is prepared to defend whenever called upon to do so.”

The statement furtehr reads: “Recall that the operatives of Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) visited the Lagos home of Dr. Doyin Okupe with the aim of arresting him on Saturday the 8th December, 2018.

“On getting to his home, he demanded for letter of invitation or arrest warrant to make the mission of EFCC operatives come within the law of the land; but they were unable to produce any instrument with which to arrest or invite him.

“As a law abiding citizen of Federal Republic of Nigeria, he offered to turn himself in at the office of EFCC at Abuja on Monday 10th December, 2018 at 12 noon and true to his promise; he kept his words and reported at EFCC office at Idiagbon House, opposite Rockview Hotel, Wuse II-Abuja on Monday 10th December, 2018 at 12 noon in company of his team of Lawyers from where he was directed to the Head office at Education Institution District, Jabi-Abuja.

“He was not attended to until about 6pm in the evening when most of the offices had closed as he was led back to the headquarters at this time with a mobile policeman that was armed to the teeth.

“On getting to Idiagbon House, our Client was served with Criminal Charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/222/2018 which is a 59 count Charge filed at the Federal High Court on 6th December, 2018 and there and then, our Client was informed that based on ORDER FROM ABOVE, he would be detained.

“One would have expected the immediate release of someone who has been served with a Criminal Charge to give him adequate time and facility as provided by the Constitution to defend himself but in this case, the Commission chose to disobey the express wordings of the Constitution and detained our Client.

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